This Week on Microstock: Visual Connections, Coversplash, End for Aperture, Snapwire and more


Visual Connections New York 2014 Open for Booking

Visual Connections

Visual Connections

The largest marketing event devoted to commercial licensing of visual media anywhere in the world, Visual Connections New York, is open for booking to prospective exhibitors at the Visual Connections New York Image Expo 2014. Booking started last June 10 and the expo event will take place on June 22, 2014.

Visual Connections New York is an opportunity to connect with hundreds of buyers of stock photography, illustration, footage and other media. Once more partnered with PACA the Digital Media Licensing Association) Visual Connections will deliver a combined industry conference and trade fair for four days, from October 19 at the Altman Building in Chelsea, Manhattan.

Packages start at $1,300. Full details of the even can be found here.

Coversplash Beta



Coversplash, a new photography platform was recently launched earlier this week. Founded in April 2014, Coversplash is every photographer’s portfolio solution, allowing them to easily manage their photography business with their own customizable website. Coversplash features mobile-responsive sites, free hosting, 100% commission on all photos sold on personal site, CanvasPop print provider, interest groups and more.

Coversplash Stock Photos

Coversplash Stock Photos

It also has a licensing agency –, where photographers keep over 70% of their sale and set their license types and prices. Coversplash is the only licensing agency that allows photographers to control their entire work, including pricing and licensing types.

Read this post for more information.

Apple Ends Development for Aperture and iPhoto

Last June 27, 2014, Apple confirmed that it’s ditching Aperture, its photo management tool, and iPhoto, its consumer photo editing app, to be replaced by Photos, a brand new desktop and iOS duo set to release in 2015.

Photos on OS X Yosemite

Photos on OS X Yosemite

Apple provided the following statement regarding Aperture and iPhoto:

With the introduction of the new Photos app and iCloud Photo Library, enabling you to safely store all of your photos in iCloud and access them from anywhere, there will be no new development of Aperture. When Photos for OS X ships next year, users will be able to migrate their existing Aperture libraries to Photos for OS.

Aperture didn’t have any major updates for quite some time and iPhoto had stagnated badly so it’s not surprising that these apps phase out in favor on the new Photos app. The good news is when users move to the new Photos for OS X app, all their albums, folders, keywords and caption will be preserved.

Fotolia’s TEN Collection Season 3 Sneak Peek

Nik and Paul with their TEN creation

Nik and Paul with their TEN creation

“Surf in the City” from photographer Paul Ripke and digital illustrator Nik Ainley is the third artwork of Fotolia’s TEN Collection, Season 3 series. Both PSD and picture will be available to download from 10am on July 10. Watch the video teaser for a sneak peek of what to expect from the next instalment in Season 3.

The TEN contest kicks off on July 12 via Facebook. Who’s up for the challenge?

Snapwire Revolutionizes Stock Photo Agency

Not everyone predicted that the evolution of smartphones would take the mobile camera industry into a higher level. Smartphones became everyone’s favourite camera. In fact, four iPhone models – the 4, 4S, 5 and 5S make up Flickr’s most popular camera followed by Canon DSLR. But despite of the increasing popularity of smartphone in photography, it still could not yet compete on the level of DSLRs for the purpose of stock photography.

“So we sort of waited on the sidelines, until the device itself start to capture at least a 2,500-pixel photo when it was captured at the highest res,” Chad Newell says, founder of Media Bakery stock photo agency. “That, of course, came with the iPhone 5S, and that was the moment that we decided to start Snapwire.”



Snapwire is a stock photo agency for Instagram and mobile users which recently went live after a year of development. It is open to all photographers, not just for mobile devices, as long as the images meet the requirements. Snapwire has features that can help buyers look for excellent images immediately. Buyers can make specific requests for what they are looking for, much like hiring a photographer. Besides requests, it also holds challenges to help users exercise their creativity.

You can read more of Snapwire here.

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